Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1973-03-24
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S:MR > cassette > DAT > CDR; note updated source info- actually only 1 cass gen, not 2; via Mike Bryan, Greg Hamilton; see info file for listening notes
- 2004-04-05 17:34:14
- S:MR > cassette > DAT > CDR
- Philadelphia, PA
- The Spectrum
Subject: DSO Covered in Portland Maine on Dec 4, 2014
Subject: I can't believe it
The Dead tore the roof off the Spectrum that night (no pun intended). The concert bordered a religious experience as evidenced by the other fanatical reviews of this show.
This may have been the pinnacle of their music.
Subject: This source for 1st set beginning...
Don't Ease Me In
The Race is On rounds out a trifecta of fun but simple songs
Cumberland Blues has a nice energy level, with Garcia nailing his solos with the proper twang.
Box Of Rain is fun, and if you think Phil and Donna sing well you’ll really enjoy it. Garcia is lower in the mix.
Row Jimmy is rather slow, doesn’t do it for me.
Jack Straw decent.
They Love Each Other is where the set really starts sparking. Great tempo and you can tell Garcia was having fun with it.
Mexicali Blues comes out at ludicrous speed, the band having sped things up after TLEO. Jerry doesn’t miss a note as he jams through with that western sound. Awesome.
Tennessee Jed is a solid presentation, energy for the set has maintained. Jerry practically duels with himself during the jam, changing keys in the solo period as he goes from riff to riff. Bob joins him later on for that double guitar tone this song achieves when firing on all cylinders.
Looks Like Rain
Wave That Flag is well done, Garcia’s guitar is a bit low.
El Paso is what we know we’re getting. Again, Garcia could be louder, I hope it is just the source, which is almost over.
Here Comes Sunshine is full of brightness as the group has fully gelled. Tempo is perfect, jamming coherent and structured, and vocals fine (not even Donna is particularly offensive).
Subject: Another gem from The Spectrum.
As aforementioned, the DS clocks in at only four minutes (the only shorter version that I know of is the actual studio single, released in April of 1968, and clocking in at 2:44). But again, the monster jam(s) leading up to the DS are worth the price of admission alone.
The first set of this night offers great renditions of many classics, including Box of Rain, They Love Each Other, and Loser. The Playin' to close the first set is, as expected, of interest.
I used to be under the impression that the corn-belt tour of February ’73 couldn't be topped, but this show, and the one two days before in Utica give those great February shows a decent run for the money. Of course, later comes the great months of October, November & December. But those are reviews for another time…
One thing I've come to realize over the years is that virtually every show where the boys played The Spectrum deserves respect!
* I wouldn’t necessarily peg this jam segment as a true “Philo Stomp", but I labeled it as such since Phil & Billy display that conversational interplay sometimes known from the Fall of ’72, and carrying over into various shows drizzled throughout ’73 (found into, out of, or during Dark Star or The Other One). Three examples of a true Philo Stomp can be found in the Dark Stars of 10/18/72 & 11/13/72, and The Other One of 10/24/72.
Subject: I wish...
back in March 1973 and heading to the Spectrum.
I might have been 2 years old but what the heck! Love the Music more than ever, love the set list! Big Thanks.
Subject: First Show
Subject: THE JOY OF 73
Never better, until we meet again, this is the house band in my heaven.
Subject: get down!!
Subject: Great transition show
The Box of Rain is good this night. This is a song that they rarely played well live. Row Jimmy, Here Comes Sunshine, TLEO, Truckin', China>Rider...all amazing performances. Great SBD quality and transfer. Five stars all around.
May the music never stop.
Subject: 72 > 73
So help me understand this discussion the "Feeling Groovy" jam is somehow different , and that it is why it is considered "Mud Love Buddy". Not sure I'm getting it yet I suppose.
A solid 4 stars show. Good stuff
Subject: Mind Left Body Jam
Subject: Excellent Show Start to Finnish
Subject: I like this one more
Subject: huge jams
but the meat of this show is obviously the segment of set 2 starting with he's gone and ending with sing me back home, or more specifically the huge post-truckin jamming.
following the very solid truckin the band quiets down into an exploratory mode, garcia actually teases dark star for a second but i guess decides against it - good thing. weir and lesh pick things up, and the band lands in this dizzying, groovy jam. lesh and kreutzman really shine here, and even get their own bass-percussion duet section to stretch out on. the music is pretty fluid and upbeat for the most part. around 10 minutes in, garcia plays a little lick that sounds a bit like slipknot, and the band slides into an amazing spanish jam (probably my favorite one)... starts off slow, deliberate and with attitude, almost funky, and builds in momentum and intensity to a fiery peak! after spanish, they go into space mode. the noodley interplay between garcia and weir is almost spooky, but def. weird. the segue into dark star is perfectly smooth and totally logical, even if this is a 4 minute dark star. just a nice little cap on the jamming.
the only thing that would have made this better is a mind left body jam thrown in somewhere :)
Subject: Great show!
P.S. I wish they would have kept the FUNKY TLEO style rather than the slower version later on.
Subject: Another winner and great SQ in the lossless version
Subject: Another great '73 show
Subject: Decent sound quality, incredible jamming, beautiful S.M.B.H.
Subject: top 10!
Dr. Flashback :-)